Cambridge Roofing: Article About Roof Replacement Process

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Roof replacement can be a scary prospect; it takes much time and it's noisy. Often, homeowners don't understand exactly what's going on. Having an understanding of the process can make a roof replacement less intimidating. Cambridge roofing experts use a replacement process with four steps: preparation, removal of the old roof, installation of the new roof and debris removal.

In the preparation phase of a roof replacement project, professionals will inspect the roof and take measurements. This information will be used to prepare the estimate, which includes the cost of materials, labor and other expenses associated with replacement. Once the estimate is approved and the contract detailing services and timelines is signed, material delivery will be scheduled for a convenient time to begin the project.

After materials are delivered, removal of the old roof begins. Tarps will be placed around the home to protect it and landscaping from debris. Any unsecured items in the yard, such as grills, potted plants, outdoor furniture or yard ornaments will have to be moved inside or away from the home. Additionally, items attached to walls inside may have to be taken down to prevent damage in the case that they fall during roof construction.

The roofing experts at Capital Construction of Cambridge can assist you with any questions regarding windows and doors or decks.

Safety measures will be implemented for the people who will be working on the roof, such as toe boards, and when that's complete, the old roof will be removed. This process usually begins at the edges of the roof.

When the old roof has been removed, the roofing crew will clean up debris from the tarps that were placed around the home, and then begin installing the new roof. The first step of this process is to replace damaged sheets of plywood that will be underlying the new roof. Ice and water shields to prevent leaks will be installed in valleys, around eaves and near roofing vents. Roofing felt or tar paper will be installed, and chalk lines will be drawn. These lines help keep single rows straight. Once they're in place, shingles will be carried up to the roof and installed. Finally, vent boots, starter strip, counter flashing, ridge vents and ridge capping will be installed.

After the new roof is complete, the work area will be thoroughly cleaned. All excess material will be thrown in a dumpster, and magnets will be used to make sure all nails and other potentially dangerous metal tools are removed from the site. A final sweep will make sure no materials or debris is left behind.

Some roofing projects require additional or slightly modified steps. A roofing professional will be able to explain any deviations from this process and why they might be necessary.

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